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PsycINFO: Step-By-Step Keyword Searching

PsycINFO Step-By-Step Keyword Searching

This help sheet will walk you through a sample keyword search in the database APA Psycinfo. Our topic: We are looking for research articles on how those who have been involved in major car accidents cope with anxiety. 

1) From the library’s homepage (, go to the Databases by Subject link under Quick Links -- Research Databases (



2) Under the Psychology heading in the By Subject list, click on the APA Psycinfo link, or use the Quick Link to APA Psycinfo:

Find PsychINFO 

Find APA Psycinfo by subject list


3) On the APA Psycinfo search page, type in anxiety for a simple keyword search, then click Search. You may also add additional keywords. For example anxiety AND "car accidents":

 APA Psycinfo Boolean Search


4) Once you have results, use the limiters to refine and narrow your search:

APA Psycinfo refine Booleansearch results


Use the Find It! button to see your options for obtaining the full text article:

Selecting Advanced Search when you start your initial search will provide several options for filtering your search results beforehand, as opposed to after you retrieve the results.

APA Psycinfo advanced search limits


If assistance is needed, contact a UToledo librarian: